Columbia Weather Systems, Inc.

Professional weather monitoring equipment for public safety and industries affected by weather conditions. Our weather systems measure the meteorological parameters of wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure, humidity, temperature, rainfall, solar radiation, fuel moisture, and leaf wetness. We offer a variety of weather stations including mobile weather stations , portable weather stations, and wireless weather stations.

Company details

5285 NE Elam Young Pkwy, Suite C100 , Hillsboro , Oregon 97124 USA

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Business Type:
Industry Type:
Monitoring and Testing - Meteorological Monitoring
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
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'CWS provided the professional guidance and product to suit our needs. This type of weather technology will help keep us ‘Tops in Ops' far into the future.' –David Schulz Airshows LLC

Instantaneous, on-site weather data for operational decisions in public safety and industries affected by meteorological conditions. We offer cutting-edge, ultrasonic weather stations, as well as stations with popular mechanical wind sensors. Wired weather stations or wireless, ours are trusted by industry and government agencies worldwide.

Our job is to make weather monitoring easy, so you can do your job better.


At Columbia Weather Systems our goal is to help you select the right weather station system for your weather monitoring application.

Headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, we manufacture the Orion, Pulsar, Magellan, and Capricorn lines of weather stations and distribute them around the world. Key markets include professionals in public safety, military, government and industry.

A small, privately held company, CWS is known for personal customer service. We offer flexibility and quick response to customer needs. A long-term investment in product development has been the key to anticipating changing customer needs and utilizing advancing technology.

This has resulted in products such as the Weather MicroServer, a leader in Internet-ready and automated data communication, our proprietary Weather Master Software and touch-screen Weather Display Console.

During the development process of the new visitor center, our project manager selected the Capricorn Weather Station in part for your company’s excellent customer service. Our system is now up and running and accessible with its easy to use web interface and Weather Master Software.'
~ Amanda Whitty, Lassen Volcanic National Park

CWS weather stations are professional and cost-effective solutions for value-added resellers, government contractors, weather networks and apparatus manufacturers. They interface automatically with industrial and emergency management systems including Kepware, Adashi, SAFER Systems, and CAMEO/ALOHA, as well as the Citizen Weather Observer Program and Weather Underground networks.


CWS was formed in 1998, initially as a subsidiary of Hinds Instruments, Inc. which began manufacturing Capricorn weather stations in the early 1980s. The 'Capricorn' was immediately popular and developed an early reputation for reliability. We have grown over the years, developing the Capricorn line in keeping with advancing technology, as well as adding consistently to our product offerings as described below. CWS now operates as a separate and independent company.


Columbia Weather Systems manufactures the Orion, Pulsar, Magellan, and Capricorn families of weather monitoring systems that include weather stations for permanent installations, vehicle-mount systems for mobile applications, and portable weather stations for rapid deployment.

Monitoring options include our proprietary Weather Display, Weather Master Software, and third-party software, as well as our Weather MicroServer which provides Internet-ready and industrial communication protocols.

Please contact us for a quote on the weather station system that will be most suitable for your application.